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  • Worth School
    Paddockhurst Road
    Turners Hill
    Crawley
    West Sussex
    RH10 4SD
  • Head: Mr Stuart McPherson
  • T 01342 710200
  • F 01342 710230
  • E information@worth.org.uk
  • W www.worthschool.org.uk
  • A mainstream independent school for pupils aged from 11 to 18
  • Boarding: Yes
  • Local authority: West Sussex
  • Pupils: 575
  • Religion: Roman Catholic
  • Fees: Day £14,970 - £22,050; Boarding £18,990 - £31,140 pa
  • Open days: September, October, November, February, March, April
  • Review: View The Good Schools Guide Review
  • ISI report: View the ISI report

What says..

Very much a boarding school which takes day pupils, and despite there being more than 40 per cent day pupils, the headmaster is determined to keep it this way – the day pupils are involved in all aspects of school life and activities. Huge investment in girls’ games which, until recently, were considered the poor relation - hockey now coached by a women’s premier league player (who also teaches biology)...

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What the school says...

Worth is now fully co-educational in all year groups. Derived from the Benedictine ethos on which the school was founded, Worth is a friendly place with the input from Worth Abbey providing unrivalled chaplaincy support and stability. The school is maintaining the momentum on its development plans with recent investment in an astro-turf pitch, two new science labs, refurbished accommodation for day boys and a new-build accommodation for one of the boarding houses. We offer a broad curriculum, where students can opt for the International Baccalaureate Diploma or A Levels. ...Read more

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2015 Good Schools Guide Awards

  • Best performance by Boys taking History at an English Independent School (IBO Standard level component)
  • Best performance by Boys taking Computer Appreciation at an English Independent School (VRQ Level 2)

Curricula

International Baccalaureate: diploma - the diploma is the familiar A-level equivalent.

Sports

Fencing

What The Good Schools Guide says

Head master

Since September 2015, Stuart McPherson MA (40s). Educated at the University of Western Australia and took an MA in literature and religion at Newcastle. He had not planned to be a teacher but joined Sydney Grammar for a year, ended staying for 10 and did his teacher training on the job. He came over to the UK on a short term teacher exchange with Eton and spent 15 years there, where he taught English and coached rugby and cricket and was a housemaster for the final five years. He is married to Johneen, who is deputy head academic at St Mary’s Ascot, and they have four children. He says it might sound like a cliché but he spends any spare time reading and enjoys walking and camping – but definitely for no longer...

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Special Education Needs

In each year group a small number of students receive help from The Learning Support department. A great deal of importance is attached to informing all members of staff on a regular basis of the nature of each student's learning needs. In this way, all teaching staff can work to help students to feel secure and to succeed in the classroom. All pupils referred to The Learning Support department follow Worth's mainstream academic curriculum and additional support programs take place in 40 minute sessions during the school day. Small group lessons are normally sufficient to meet student's needs though 1-1 specialist lessons may be available at additional cost and are subject to teacher availability and timetable restrictions. Specialist lessons are held in The Learning Support Suite, where extensive use is made of our ICT facilities. Initially, all students requiring learning support must provide the school with an external educational psychologist's report. This assists with the diagnosis of problems and the structuring of programmes for their solution. Each student works with a specialist teacher. Most receive literacy and study skill support, while a small number have specialist help in maths. Strategies are introduced to help improve basic literacy skills, working memory and concentration. As pupils progress through the school, increasing emphasis is placed on learning how to learn. Time management, higher reading skills, question analysis, coursework planning and revision skills are important preparation for the demands of GCSE and beyond. 09-09

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder
Aspergers Y
Aspergers Syndrome [archived]
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders [archived]
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
Delicate Medical Problems [archived]
Dyscalculia
Dysgraphia Y
Dyslexia Y
Dyspraxia Y
English as an additional language (EAL) Y
Epilepsy [archived]
Genetic
Has an entry in the Autism Services Directory
Has SEN unit or class
HI - Hearing Impairment Y
Hospital School
Mental health
MLD - Moderate Learning Difficulty
MSI - Multi-Sensory Impairment
Natspec Specialist Colleges
Not Applicable
OTH - Other Difficulty/Disability
Other SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
PD - Physical Disability
PMLD - Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulty
SEMH - Social, Emotional and Mental Health
SLCN - Speech, Language and Communication
SLD - Severe Learning Difficulty
Special facilities for Visually Impaired
SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
VI - Visual Impairment

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